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Who was Andy Whitfield?
He was born in Anglesey, Wales, UK on 17 October 1971 under the zodiac sign of Libra. He was an actor, and if you know him it’s probably from the “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” TV series in which he had the main role. He has an older sister named Laura and his parents are Robert and Pat Whitfield. Andy passed away in 2011.
Life before acting
Andy attended and graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in England, then went to work and live in Australia when he was 28, and eventually settled in Sydney, accompanied by his parents and sister. He then attended Screenwise Film & TV School for Actors in Sydney, but was a model and an engineer when he first started acting.
He got his first big role in the Australian action horror movie “Gabriel”, playing the titular role as the archangel, and which follows his fight to rid purgatory of the evil fallen angels. It was a big success even though it had no government funding and was produced on a low budget. He also appeared in one more movie called “The Clinic” in 2010, which is a crime horror movie with a 5.4/10 rating on IMDb.
His biggest success was in the title role in “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” in the 2010 TV series. It is a story of the Thracian gladiator who led a slave uprising against the Roman Republic. The series had a great 8.5/10 rating on IMDb, and is loved by the audience even today, six years after the last season was released. His other roles were in episodes of TV series including “All Saints” in 2004, “The Strip”, “Packed to the Rafters” and “McLeod’s Daughters”, all in 2008.
Personal life and death
He met the love of his life in London, an Iranian-Australian named Vashti, who was a design consultant and later became a life coach in Australia. They fell in love almost instantly, went to live in Sydney together and married there in 2001. They have two kids together, a son – Jesse Red Whitfield – and a daughter named Indigo Sky Whitfield.
His world collapsed when he went to the doctor in March 2010 and found out that he was suffering from a non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It is an entire group of blood cancers, quite dangerous ones, and can be slow or fast growing – his was fast. He immediately started treating it, and seemed to have succeeded by June 2010, but the cancer returned in September 2010, and killed Andy on 11 September, 2011, just a year and a half after he was first diagnosed with. He was 39 when he passed away. His last ever episode was filmed for “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” in which he only voiced and was uncredited.
Appearance and net worth
Andy had short brown hair and light blue eyes. He was 5ft 11ins (1.8m) tall and weighed about 156lbs (71kg). He had a soft spoken voice. According to authoritative sources, his net worth at the time of his death was estimated to be over $5 million.
Andy initially worked as a building inspector for a consulting company. There is a two-and-a-half minute long video on YouTube called “Time Crisis” which was uploaded in August, 2010, and stars Andy and Freddie Wong and is an action video based on the “Time Crisis” game. Because of his performance in “Spartacus” and the love everybody felt towards him, the first episode of the second season called “Spartacus: Fugitivus” in 2012 was dedicated to his memory. The credits of the episode show his picture with the inscription ‘Our greatest champion’. He never won any awards but was nominated for the Outstanding Actor Golden Nymph Award in 2010. ‘Wherever you are now, we’ll love you forever. (1971-2011)’ is what the Twitter account of his fans say. This “Andy Whitfield Fans” account has almost 1,000 posts and over 10,000 followers.
After Andy’s death, Liam McIntyre was cast as the new Spartacus. Andy and his wife Vashti were three blocks away from the Twin Towers during the 9/11 incident. If you want to take a closer look at Andy’s life, you can watch “Be Here Now” – a documentary movie about Andy which was released in 2015, and tells about his early life to the moment when he died. It has an 8.7/10 rating on IMDb, and apparently made the audience cry. His wife explained how the movie gave her the opportunity to hang out with Andy for a couple more hours. His voice reminded her of what a force the two of them had been, and how he was her best friend.
Their son keeps asking about getting a new dad. Vashti admits that she would like to have someone who would be a good father role to her son and her daughter, but doesn’t think she could ever love anyone in the same way she loved Andy. You can find Vashti on Instragram as “vashtiwhitfield” – she has about 5,000 posts and 20,000 followers. The last thing Vashti said to her husband was ‘You can go now’ – it was just seconds before he passed away.